INAIAC to host November Native American Heritage Month events

The Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission will be hosting a pair of events this November at the Indiana State Museum as a part of Native American Heritage Month.

On Friday, November 13th students from all Indiana K-12 schools are invited to attend this free event to gain a better understanding of Native Americans, both historically and present day. 

There will be two types of dance presentations alternating throughout the day that the students will get to participate in; one will be from the Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana, and the other will be a Traditional Stomp Dance done by members of the Delaware, Wyandot and Muscogee (Creek) tribes.  

Educational displays from 17 tribal entities will offer students hands-on interactives, and the Treasure Hunt list will encourage them to engage with the exhibitors to learn about each tribe in order to mark things off their list.

The following day, Saturday, November 14th, the public is invited to come and celebrate LeRoy Malaterre and his 40-plus years of service to the Indiana Native American community. LeRoy is a military veteran, educator, cultural preservationist, environmentalist, and the founder of the American Indian Council located in Lebanon, Ind. 

In addition, this is the 21st year of his annual toy drive for the children who live in his hometown on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa reservation in North Dakota. Light refreshments will be served. No RSVP necessary. Details are listed below. For additional information contact the INAIAC at


Nov. 13th
"Educating Youth About Native Truth"
10:00am - 3:00pm
Indiana State Museum
650 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, Ind.

Nov. 14th
"Honoring Elders"
Special Recognition of LeRoy Malaterre
10:00am - 1:00pm
Indiana State Museum
650 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, Ind.